Tayshaun Prince is best known for his locker room leadership, defensive prowess and the many intangibles he brings to the court each game.

Monday night, the veteran forward stepped up as the Grizzlies’ go-to guy on offense and his season-high 21 points helped deliver a 110-104 victory over the Washington Wizards in the Verizon Center.

This is how deft Prince was while making 8 of 10 shots in 30 minutes: After sitting most of the fourth quarter while the Griz sat on a 19-point cushion, Prince returned with 1:17 remaining. He then promptly buried a 23-foot shot that stymied a Wizards rally that had cut the Grizzlies’ lead to four at that point.

“He hit the biggest shot of the night,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said.

That almost was an understatement given Washington scored 40 points in the final period as its otherwise cold shooters came to life by making six 3-pointers.

Memphis (34-25) eventually needed Mike Conley’s four straight foul shots, and Marc Gasol’s two in the final 19 seconds to hold on for the victory. Conley finished with 20 points, and Zach Randolph chipped in a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) for the Griz.

John Wall’s 23 points and nine assists led the Wizards (31-29), who had a six-game winning streak snapped.

Prince’s scoring and a Griz defense that allowed just 64 points through three quarters played a major role making the fourth quarter steep uphill climb. Prince, often maligned for his lack of scoring, scored his previous season high of 16 points in a Nov. 25 loss to Houston. Since then, he’s had eight other double-digit scoring performances.

“I got a couple of post-ups early and made a couple of shots in the paint,” Prince said. “Pretty much since I’ve been here, it’s been jump shot after jump shot. So getting some opportunities at the rim made things on the outside easier. It’s just one of those games when I was in a great rhythm. Getting a couple shots early helped out.”